Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The demise of Mexico’s Prospera programme: A tragedy foretold

The big story in the social protection world last week was the news that Mexico’s Prospera programme is to be abolished after 21 years. Formerly known as Progresa and Oportunidades, it had become an iconic programme for advocates of conditional cash transfers (CCTs) and widely disseminated internationally. It would be hard to count the number of articles written about the achievements of Prospera , as well as the many international workshops in which its successes were trumpeted and the numerous study tours to Mexico by governments from across the world to worship at its feet and take its wisdom back home. The World Bank, in particular, has given prominence to Prospera in its messaging – it calls it ‘A model from Mexico for the world ’ – and has encouraged other... Read More